2015-07-09 / Front Page

Jason Crook tweets with pro golfer, winds up with free trip, free golf stuff, and new friends

By KIP BURKE
news editor


Jason Crook (at right) caddies for PGA pro D.A. Points at the Travelers Championship golf tourney in June. Jason Crook (at right) caddies for PGA pro D.A. Points at the Travelers Championship golf tourney in June. A chance encounter on social media has brought a local golfer an opportunity to meet some of his favorite pro golfers, score some exclusive equipment, and ultimately, caddy for a big-time pro.

“Last year I bought some new TaylorMade SLDR irons,” Jason Crook said, “and I saw an ad that said PGA tour player D.A. Points was the first golfer to put them in his bag, and thought it was cool that I was playing with irons that a PGA player used.”

About that time, Crook said, he had become active on the social media site Twitter. “When I saw that ad, I sent him a tweet on Twitter asking him how he liked those new irons. Well, he responded back, and I thought it was neat just to get a response from a PGA player.”

That’s when it became interesting, Crook said. “I started looking for a new golf bag, and I liked the Taylor- Made ones the pros were carrying. So I sent D.A. Points a tweet asking him if TaylorMade was ever going to sell that pro bag to the public, since I couldn’t find it on any website. He responded, ‘Don’t know, hope so,’ then he responded saying, ‘if they don’t, you can have mine.’ I sent back ‘you’re kidding,’ and he answered, ‘no, not kidding,’ and he was re-tweeting that to his 40,000 followers.”


Quinn and Jason Crook pose with pro golfers D.A. Points (left) and Sang Moon Bae (right) at the Traveler’s Championship golf tourney in June. Quinn and Jason Crook pose with pro golfers D.A. Points (left) and Sang Moon Bae (right) at the Traveler’s Championship golf tourney in June. Crook said he’d started to follow Points on the PGA Tour, and saw him use that bag at the U.S. Open and other events. “I’d told my friends that this pro golfer had promised to send me his bag, and they’re like ‘yeah, right.’ It took a few months, and he would message me every so often saying he hadn’t forgotten about me, he was just waiting for a new bag. And I believed him.”

Points indeed did send him the golf bag as promised. As they continued to converse via Twitter, Crook said, he saw a contest in which the Grand Slam golf clothing company was having a contest to be D.A. Points’ caddy for a day at the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. “I just entered like a bunch of other people did, and I got an email saying I was the grand prize winner. So June 15, they flew me and my wife, Quinn, to Connecticut.”

Crook got to caddy for Points in a Tuesday practice round for the Travelers. “I carried the bag the whole 18 holes,” he said. “I was proud of myself. It was amazing. D.A. was one of the nicest, most personable, thoughtful people you could ever meet. I was a little nervous being in that situation, but after about two minutes, he was like one of my friends. He made sure me and my wife enjoyed ourselves, and after the round he asked us to eat in the clubhouse with him.”

In the clubhouse, Crook said he found himself surrounded with all the pro golfers he’d watched on television. “All these pros were in there, and I was trying not to act like a little fan girl – I was dying on the inside but playing it cool like I belonged there, until I turned around and saw that basketball player Ray Allen was right behind me in the food line, so I did turn around and shake his hand.”

It got even better, he said, when D.A. Points took him into the TaylorMade tour truck. “He told me to pick out any TaylorMade cap I wanted, and any putter I wanted, which is awesome. So now I’ve got a pro putter, and I don’t have any reason to miss a putt.”

The whole experience was surreal, he said, and it kept on. “We also won the Grand Slam prize package, which was a bunch of clothing for both of us, which was awesome, and one of the Grand Slam reps invited us to go to the pro-am event Wednesday and we got to meet all kinds of other pros we hadn’t met the day before because we were busy with D.A. It was just unreal.”

The final experience was when Points wanted Crook to hit a single shot for charity at a giant Travelers umbrella, he said. “This was in front of all the pros, with the TV cameras rolling,” he said. “I hit it just beautiful, dead center of the umbrella, but it hit the pole and bounced in the water. I was so happy that I didn’t mess up in front of the pros.”

Now the Crooks are home with great memories, he said. “We’re back at home and we’re looking at the pictures and asking ourselves ‘was that real?’ It was just amazing.”

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